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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Hannibal school district replacing old high school sidewalk

  • With safety in mind, workers with the Hannibal public school district recently began removing a stretch of old sidewalk that extended in front of the high school.
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  • With safety in mind, workers with the Hannibal public school district recently began removing a stretch of old sidewalk that extended in front of the high school.
    “I don’t know how old the sidewalks were, but they were in very, very bad shape,” said Rich Stilley, business manager for the school district. “There were holes, and it was heaving and cracking.”
    Even though it is not a walkway that sees heavy traffic, district officials wanted it to be safe.
    “There is not a lot of activity in front of the building. Still, we do not want students tripping and falling. We look forward to getting something safer for everybody in front of the high school,” said Stilley.
    Most, but not all the concrete in front of the school is being removed.
    “The only thing remaining from the original sidewalk will be the steps. The steps leading to the big (front) doors are still in pretty good shape,” said Stilley.
    The sidewalk being replaced could date back to when the high school opened in 1934.
    “Based on what I saw it could go back that far,” said Stilley. “There’s no rebar. It looked like it’s all concrete and not a lot of reinforcement like you would use today. It was done very well for it to have lasted this long.”
    According to Stilley, the old concrete will be used by a local contractor as fill.
    Removal of the sidewalk started on the day the 2013-14 school year concluded – May 29. The work should conclude next week.
    “The weather is a big factor, but the pouring should be finished by the 13th or so,” said Stilley.
    As with the new sidewalks installed at Stowell and Eugene Field elementary schools during the past school year, the bulk of the work is being performed by school district personnel.
    “All the jackhammering, leveling and pouring will be done by our maintenance staff,” said Stilley.
    The district’s business manager estimated that having district personnel perform the work, as opposed to bidding the project out to a private contractor, will save the district in the neighborhood of $5,000.
    The sidewalk project is just one of several projects that will be undertaken by the school district this summer. Also underway is some lighting work and the installation of drop ceilings at Oakwood Elementary School.
    On Monday, the sealing of the south parking lot at the high school is scheduled to commence.
     
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